Honoring Waterford Volunteer Ashley Pepin
Volunteer role: Cat cuddler, member of the Fur Squad for cats needing behavior support.
Length of service: 2 years
I started volunteering because…working with animals is very therapeutic, and helping animals get playtime and time to cuddle is just very gratifying.
My favorite part of volunteering is…being able to show these animals how much love they deserve, and knowing they will be able to get it constantly in their forever home.
My most memorable volunteer experience was…when I first started. There was a very scared cat named Lucian, and I sat down with him and a staff member while she was working with him. Lucian came over to me and let me pet him.
I know I am making a difference when...cats who are very scared at first warm up and come out of their shell to become total love bugs. You can see all the relief in their eyes when they look at you.
I think volunteerism is vital because…you’re taking time out of your day to show animals all the love they deserve and become a beacon of light in their lives.